Grand Canal Lampshade
I designed and made this lampshade of the Grand Canal as a big 'thank you' for my sister and brother-in-law who took me to Venice just after my mum died. Before she was ill, my mum and I made several life-changing trips to Venice and this was a good place to go, although infinitely sad that she wasn't there too.
Each of the six panels depict a typical Grand Canal palazzo so each day you can turn it round for a different view.
While we were there, I took photographs from the vaporetto as we went up the Canal from Piazza San Marco, planning this lampshade in my mind.
I wanted to get details of the variety of styles of Venetian architecture of these ancient palaces.
After waxing in the white and the grey for the stonework details, I dyed each panel individually to get those classic Venetian colours. From then on each panel then had its own colour scheme.
I love the Moorish shapes of the windows standing alongside the classic Palladian ones - Venice is such a mix of cultures.
The large 12" diameter lampshade took me weeks to complete and was a real labour of love. It was a technical challenge too on several levels, so I can't see me repeating it anytime soon!